Thursday, February 10, 2011

Fitness Partner “Helping you create a fit and healthy lifestyle”

Hello Education World!

As a Physical Educator, I must continuously keep myself up to date with various types of healthy lifestyle practices, as well as cross-curricular connections including bringing technology into my classroom, even if it is usually a gymnasium.

My mission is to inspire people to greatness, and realize how much fun they can have while doing it. I am an athlete. I believe that life is a lot like sport, and the mentality of an athlete is what we should all strive for. We all want to feel like champions, that shot at the big game, that feeling of success. It is my goal to help students to realize their full potential, and there is nothing they can't do it they put their mind to it.

Great athletes are usually very strong both mentally and physically and they know they can achieve anything. Life in general can be considered a game, and there are strategies and plans that can be used in life that will ultimately bring you to the championships (in your field).

Using sport and healthy lifestyle practices, I feel I have the opportunity to help students realize their full potential and will encourage them to be all that they can be, including development of positive interpersonal skills and healthy self-concept.

This blog post will give an overview of a very useful website for Physical Education teachers, as well as anyone that is interested in Healthy Lifestyle Practices. A few years ago, I came across a website called “Fitness Partner”.

This website has a number of different resources to help people keep track of their fitness, and help them attain their goals.

Here is an excerpt from the main page:

“Since 1994 Fitness Partner has been a non-commercial labor of love created to help you learn how to live a more fit and healthy lifestyle.  It's Fitness Partner's mission to assist you in designing, achieving and maintaining your own personal health and fitness goals.

Here you will find information to help you create a lifestyle change by building your knowledge-base so you can understand and apply the basic elements of fitness and weight management to your own life.”

This site supplies the public with a number of different tools such as:

Activity Calorie Calculator

“Let Fitness Partner calculate the number of calories you burn for 222 activities. Simply enter your weight and the duration you generally spend being active.  We'll do the math and return a personalized activities page to you.” TRY IT!

Information on Getting and Staying Active

Information on Managing Your Weight

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

"Education in a Connected World"

Presenter - Dr. Glen Gatin (Researcher & Online University Professor)

Glen Gatin's presentation was interesting. Gatin talked about the changing role of the educator in the classroom due to changes in technology. This got me thinking about how much classroom instruction has changed over the years. I remember a time (when I was very wee) when the only computers we had were those old grey Commodor 64's!! I know that you know the ones I am talking about!!

Let me refresh your memory... know it. What a sweet machine! And don't forget the means of storage we used to use...

Absolutely BEAUTEOUS... (that's for you Jess)

Wow, how times have changed!

I must say, I much prefer using storage devices such as a “thumb drive” or even online tools such as dropbox, as they are just so much more convenient and manageable.

Technology is evolving at such a fast rate that most of the world's population can't keep up. I feel like it is going to be a huuuuge challenge to prepare myself to teach students authentically, while constantly trying to keep both myself and the students technologically competent. The following video inspires me, but also makes me feel sooo unprepared in our ever growing world of technological advances.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Animoto - Halifax '09

Animoto! Combine images, music, and video to tell a story!

Check out the 30 second video I created:

Create your own video slideshow at